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SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah House Democrats issued the following statement on the passing of Congressman Jim Hansen:
“We are sad to hear of the passing of former Congressman Jim Hansen, Utah’s longest-serving U.S. congressman. While Democrats did not always agree with the congressman’s positions, he was fair and respectful. He recognized the importance of working across the aisle. He knew that achieving good legislation requires consensus and good relationships. Congressman Hansen admirably took on the challenging and sometimes thankless roles as chairman of the House Ethics and Natural Resources Committees. He also was a staunch supporter of the Hill Air Force Base community which has continued to benefit generations of Utahns. We wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to his family for their loss.”
Salt Lake City – Speaker Greg Hughes has issued the following statement about the passing of Jim Hansen, the former Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives and Utah’s longest-serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives:
“As a former Speaker of the House and longtime member of Utah’s congressional delegation, Jim Hansen got involved in politics to make a positive impact in his community. He was very successful in that effort. He was a tireless advocate and champion for Hill Air Force Base, multiple use of public lands, improving our transportation and water infrastructure and many other issues. Utah and its citizens have greatly benefitted from his public service. He will be missed but certainly not forgotten. I extend my condolences to the Hansen family during this time.”
For Immediate Release
November 13, 2018
Majority Director of Communications
Utah to take the lead on lowering prescription drug costs
Rep. Paul Ray to announce legislation that will aim to lower the inflated cost of prescriptions for Utahns.
Rep. Paul Ray, District 13
Utah State Capitol – Capitol Board Room
350 State St., Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.
Utah House Democrats Congratulate Speaker-Elect Brad Wilson
SALT LAKE CITY – This evening the Utah House Democrats released the following statement following the Republican Caucus’s announcement of their new leadership team:
“Congratulations to Speaker-Elect Brad Wilson and the new members of the Republican Caucus leadership team. The House Democratic Caucus looks forward to working with Speaker-Elect Wilson, as we know he values inclusivity and listening to all perspectives. Speaker-Elect Wilson has shown himself to be fair, astute, and respectful of collaboration. He understands that many Democratic priorities align with the Republican Caucus’s own concerns, such as quality education for our children, public safety, high-quality jobs and protecting the well-being of all Utahns. Going forward, we are eager to work in partnership with Speaker-Elect Wilson and all of our Republican colleagues for the people of Utah.”
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SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah House Majority Caucus elected their leadership team for the upcoming legislative session Thursday night. They are as follows:
- Brad Wilson, R – District 15, was selected to serve as Speaker
- Francis Gibson, R – District 65, was selected serve as Majority Leader
- Mike Schultz, R – District 12, was selected to serve as Majority Whip
- Val Peterson, R – District 59, was selected to serve as Majority Assistant Whip
“I am humbled and grateful for this opportunity to lead the Utah House,” said Speaker-elect Brad Wilson. “During this upcoming session, we will continue to tackle big issues and find solutions to pressing concerns. Our work in the Utah Legislature will reflect the values and needs of all Utahns. Together, we will work to keep Utah the leading state for quality of life, prosperity and opportunity.”
“It is an honor and privilege to be selected by my colleagues to lead the majority caucus,” said Majority Leader-elect Francis Gibson. “I’m grateful for the chance to the lead the men and women of our caucus, reach across the aisle and work with the Senate to pass legislation that will better our state.”
Bios for the newly elected majority leadership team are below.
Representative Brad Wilson, Speaker-elect
Brad Wilson, a Davis County native, represents Kaysville in District 15. He and his wife, Jeni, are the parents of three children.
Rep. Wilson is the CEO of Destination Homes, a residential homebuilder. In 2010, he was elected to the Utah House of Representatives. He served as the assistant majority whip in 2014-16. Currently, he is the majority leader and a member of the Executive Appropriations Committee.
During his time in the Legislature, Rep. Wilson has passed legislation to reform alcohol policy, strengthen the ability for small businesses to grow within the state while generating numerous strategies to improve Utah’s air quality, put protections in place for property owners from frivolous lawsuits and helped ensure victims of crime receive fair and timely restitution and reparation. Additionally, his leadership in moving the state prison to a new location will result in numerous jobs created, which will help stimulate even more economic growth.
Rep. Wilson is a public servant who aims to inspire and rally people to work together to find the best solutions for challenging issues.
He is active in the community. Boards Rep. Wilson has served on include Davis Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Davis Economic Advisory Council, Children’s Aid Society of Utah, National Advisory Council for Weber State University, World Trade Center of Utah, Walker Institute and Utah Capital Investment Corporation. He is also a member of the Utah Chapter of the Young President’s Organization. He was named as one of Utah’s Top 40 Under 40 Business Professionals.
Wilson has a business degree from Weber State University and is a graduate of the College of Financial Planning. In 2015, he was the Weber State University Alumnus of the Year.
Representative Francis Gibson, Majority Leader-elect
Rep. Francis Gibson has represented District 65 in the Utah House of Representatives since 2009. He has chaired the Education Standing Committee and served on the Education Appropriations Committee, been a member of the Health Care Task Force, House Special Investigative Committee and the Legislative Redistricting Committee. He has served in a leadership position as majority whip for the past four years.
He believes being actively involved in the community where you live, rather it be an elected or voluntary position, is an important part of giving back.
For four years, he was a councilman for Mapleton City. He has served in many volunteer positions from Executive Board for Boy Scouts of America National Parks Council, Children’s Justice Center of Utah County, Utah Sports Commission and coached youth sports in the community and at the high school level.
As Rep. Gibson represents his district, he strives to be humble, dependable and accessible. He believes in addressing difficult matters is vital to improve and maintain Utah’s way of life we all know and love. Some of the most significant issues that he has and continues to tackle include growth, transportation, affordable housing and homelessness.
Rep. Gibson is the CEO and Administrator of the Orem Community Hospital and Spanish Fork Hospital, which is part of the Intermountain Healthcare organization. He has a Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University, a Master of Social Work from the University of Houston and a Master of Business Administration from Utah State University.
In his spear time, he loves boogie boarding in the ocean, camping and golfing with his family and recently began riding dirt bikes with his sons. He looks forward to the day when he can retire and travel the country in a motorhome, visiting national parks.
Rep. Gibson and his wife, Shiela, have been married 25 years and have four children, three sons, and one daughter.
Representative Mike Schultz, Majority Whip-elect
A lifelong resident of Hooper, Roy and West Haven, Representative Mike Schultz grew up working on his grandfather’s cattle farm. From that experience, he learned one of life’s greatest lessons–the value of hard work.
With this in mind, and with the help of his parents, at the age of 10 Schultz began his career as an entrepreneur selling worms to fishermen. At 12, he took his first job milking cows at his neighbor’s dairy farm and by the age of 16 he had started a hay hauling business and was sub-contracting with a ward member to roof houses. He earned his general contractor’s license and started building homes when he was 20 years old.
Rep. Schultz owns and operates a number of small business and currently serves as president of Castle Creek Homes, headquartered in Roy, Utah. He also serves on the Board of Directors for First National Bank.
As an employer and small business owner, he believes that the role of government is simply to give its citizens the framework to build their own success and then get out of the way.
He was first elected to represent District 12 in the Utah House in 2014. Serving in the Utah Legislature has been most meaningful to him when it gives him the opportunity to make a positive impact in people’s lives, especially in those areas where government has overstepped its authority.
He and his wife, Melissa, are the proud parents of six children.
When not busy with work or family, he can be found in the great outdoors hunting, fishing, cattle ranching or snowmobiling.
Representative Val Peterson, Majority Assistant Whip-elect
Representative Val Peterson was first elected to the Utah State Legislature in 2010. As a member of the Utah House of Representatives he has served as chair of House Education and Vice Chair of Rules, Government Operations, Economic Development, Work Force Service and Labor Appropriations.
Rep. Peterson is the Vice President for Finance and Administration at Utah Valley University (UVU). He serves on the UVU Events Center Board, is a board member of Timpanogos Regional Hospital in Orem and has served on the Provo Airport Board.
During his time in the legislature, Peterson has and continues to work a number of issues including education funding, air quality, transportation funding, public lands, prison relocation and public lands legislation.
Prior to running for office, Peterson served his country for 32 years. He served in the National Guard for 30 years and as the Land Component Commander for the State of Utah. He retired as a Brigadier General. Throughout his military career, his areas of responsibility consisted of the Army National Guard MACOMS, military intelligence, engineers, aviation, artillery, special forces, medical services and commanded at the Company, Battalion and Brigade level.
He has a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, a master degree in Mass Communications from Brigham Young University (BYU), a master degree in Strategic Studies from United States Army War College and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from BYU.
Peterson, originally from Idaho, lives in Orem with his wife, Ann. They are parents of three children. The Peterson family enjoys boating, water skiing, hiking, skiing and golfing together.
For Immediate Release
November 7, 2018
Majority Director of Communications
Utah House Majority to Announce 2019/20 Leadership Team
The Utah House Majority will hold its leadership elections on the evening of Thursday, November 8. A press conference to announce the newly elected 2019/20 majority leadership team will immediately follow.
Utah State Capitol – House Lounge
350 State St., Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Thursday, November 8, 2018 following the adjournment of the majority caucus meeting (approximately 6:45 p.m.). Media can set-up equipment starting at about 6:30 p.m.
Members of the Utah House Majority Leadership
The Utah House of Representatives Majority Communications Office invites applications for the position of:
GENERAL SESSION COMMUNICATIONS INTERN
Utah House of Representatives
350 North State, Suite 350
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114
OPENING DATE: Friday, November 2, 2018
CLOSING DATE: Until filled. We will be interviewing applicants as resumes are received.
The Utah House of Representative Majority Communications office is looking for two creative communications interns who are willing to contribute and provide support with various tasks during the 2019 General Session. The interns will work directly with the communications director to develop and promote communications outreach for the House Majority.
EXAMPLE OF DUTIES:
- Monitor and track local news
- Draft blog post and newsletter articles
Film and edit videos
- Design and create graphics and presentations
- Research talking points for numerous topics
In addition to demonstrating a high degree of flexibility and diplomacy in a professional environment, applicants must have a variety of skills:
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Solid understanding of the different social media platforms
- Graphic design or video editing, is a plus
- Proficient in Microsoft Suite
- Experience working in a professional office setting.
- Must be able to work extended hours from approximately January 9 to March 23, 2019.
SALARY: Stipend, no benefits
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Send a cover letter, resume, 3 references, writing sample, and if available video and/or graphic examples to:
Employees in this position serve at the pleasure of the appointing officer in an at will status and may be terminated at any time without cause. This is not a career service position.
The State of Utah is an equal opportunity employer. Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability. Reasonable accommodations provided to known disabilities of individuals in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. For accommodation information or if you need special accommodations to complete the application process, contact Debbie Cragun at 801-326-1600.
Veteran’s Preference (Utah Code Ann. 71-10-1, et. Seq.) An applicant claiming veteran’s preference must do so in the body of the cover letter by providing sufficient information to identify the type of veteran’s preference requested. Additionally, a copy of the applicant’s DD-214 must be attached to the resume. If a disabled preference is claimed, a copy of the applicant’s letter form the VA stating the disability percentage granted must also be attached.
Click here to see the job posting.
For Immediate Release
October 26, 2018
Public meeting to discuss the future of medical cannabis in Utah
A public meeting to discuss the future of medical cannabis in Utah.
Hear from legislators and advocacy groups about concerns, solutions and policy proposals. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback and input.
Speaker Greg Hughes
Utah Patients Coalition
Members of the Public
450 N. 1500 W., Orem, UT 84057 (Alder Security)
Monday, October 29, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
Majority Director of Communications
Information about the Medical Cannabis Act draft bill can be found here:
- Draft Bill – Utah Medical Cannabis Act
- Summary of the Utah Medical Cannabis Act
- Announcement of the Agreement
Utah Take Back Day is this Saturday, October 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Take back day is a bi-annual event aimed to help properly dispose of unused, expired or unwanted prescriptions. More than 17,300 pounds of prescriptions drugs were collected in April by local law enforcement. Free and anonymous collection sites are located throughout the state including at the Capitol. Find a location closest to you here.
The following items are returnable: prescription medicines, over the counter medicines, vitamins, pet medicines, medicated ointments and lotions, inhalers, liquid medicines in glass or leak-proof containers and medicine samples.